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An Australian cow is going viral for its utterly-impressive size.

Standing at almost two-metres tall and weighing 1.4 tonnes, "Knickers" is unofficially the largest steer in Australia.

"Obviously the bulls and the steers are also going to grow larger as we select larger genetics".

A Holstein-Friesian steer in western Australia stands head and shoulders above its competition ― literally.

Australian media say Knickers is believed to be the tallest steer in the country and weighs about 1.4 tons.

The average size of a cow across all breeds is 630kg with the average size rising by 18% in the last two decades.

And it seems he is a lucky boy indeed, as the Holstein Friesian avoided the dreaded visit to the abattoir, instead growing old on Lake Preston feedlot in Myalup, close to Perth.

'He's our favourite and one of our best assets, he's part of the furniture now, ' he said.

The world's biggest cow will be saved because its 6-foot-4 frame is too big to fit into a slaughterhouse, a farmer revealed.

'He's gone from being a production animal to I guess some sort of star, ' Mr Pearson said. Who'd want to get on his bad side? I'm not sure how we will handle his newfound popularity'. Knickers was unfazed either way.

According to Guinness World Records, the world's tallest living steer is an Italian chianina ox called Bellino that was measured just over 2 metres to the withers in Rome in 2010.

Geoff Pearson reared Knickers on his property, and told ABC News because of his size they couldn't sell him for export, but he had become useful in others ways.

There's a steer which is causing moo-numental chatter online.


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